Make Your Voice Heard for Kids’ Digital Well-Being in California
You care about your kids and about how the internet affects their lives. This year, Common Sense Kids Action worked to get several bills passed in the California Legislature that will help improve kids' and families' digital lives -- but they still need the governor's signature before they become law. Make your voice heard and ask Governor Brown to sign these six bills:
AB 2511: Parental Consent. Did you know that kids can buy age-restricted products like BB guns on Amazon without parental consent? This bill would require that kids under 18 get permission from a parent or guardian before they can purchase restricted items.
SB 327: Securing the Internet of Things. California has become the first state in the nation to require secure connected devices. This bill would establish basic security standards for popular connected devices like your Alexa, baby monitor, and smart fridge.
SB 822: Net Neutrality Is a Reality. California legislators passed the strongest internet law in the nation ensuring equal access to the internet for all. The law would keep the internet free and fair, prohibiting internet service providers from charging high fees to prevent slow speeds.
SB 830 & SB 947: Digital Citizenship. These two bills would ask California's Department of Education to zero in on media literacy in the coming year, looking at best practices around digital citizenship and learning and posting a range of media literacy resources and tools on their website.
SB 1001: Democracy and Transparency on Social Media. Bots are automated accounts, and while some are harmless, they are often used to fool people into believing fake and damaging news and to bully and harass. This law would require that bots trying to influence votes or purchases must be labeled as nonhuman on social media platforms.